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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 837036, 11 pages
Review Article

Language Mapping in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in Children: Special Considerations

1Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, Victoria Hospital, Commissioners Road, London, ON, Canada N6A 5W9
2Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, ON, Canada N6A 5K8
3Department of Medical Biophysics, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 5C1
4Department of Psychology, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON, Canada N6A 5C2

Received 29 July 2011; Accepted 6 November 2011

Academic Editor: Seyed M. Mirsattari

Copyright © 2012 Sandrine de Ribaupierre et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) in children is a slightly different entity than TLE in adults not only because of its semiology and pathology but also because of the different approach to surgical treatment. Presurgical investigations for eloquent cortex, especially language, must take these differences into account. Most diagnostic tests were created for adults, and many of the assessment tools need to be adapted for children because they are not just small adults. This paper will highlight the specific challenges and solutions in mapping language in a pediatric population with TLE.